There’s some writers that have said that writer’s block isn’t real. And maybe they’re right. I used to have it a lot when I was in High School, but maybe is really was just an excuse to not have to write anything. I think the problem with is that it is probably partly true in a sense. We might be writing a certain story, article or poem etc and then our minds completely go blank. And as someone that has challenged myself to write every day in certain parts of my life, I will say that sometimes pushing ourselves to far isn’t always good.
I think it’s good for us to have a goal in mind of roughly how much we should try to write each day. For me, since I have to work full time and have had to move out and readjust to life I try to keep my word count around 500 words a day when I do have anything going on. Sometimes I’ll do more and sometimes less. But I try to keep my average around there. I think by sticking strictly to making ourselves type or write a certain amount of words we miss the bigger picture of what it means to write. When have writer’s block, that might mean that in this part of our writing process we shouldn’t be writing. Maybe we need to do more research, maybe we need to work on a different writing piece to get our minds going again.
I do think that some of us can get lazy(I know I do), but I don’t think writer’s block is always the main reason for it. And we need to remember that reflection is also part of the writing process too. Sometimes we need to come back with fresh eyes to be able to get the best out of our work.
However, if we want to take writing seriously writer’s block shouldn’t be an excuse to not do anything. There are plenty of things we can do to improve our writing skills that don’t always involve actually writing anything. Sometimes just reading our own work and the work of other people can be helpful. Progress needs to be made internally before it can be created externally.
Sometimes we can focus too much on making progress as well. I used to work myself really hard my junior year of High School. I no longer do that anymore and I feel like now my writing is the best it’s ever been. Taking breaks like going on walks and listening to music can benefit us, especially if we’re working ourselves too hard.
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